BBB - RAINBOW BEACH AND SURROUNDS

Beach Stone Curlew at Inskip Point

AUSTRALIAN BIRDING SAFARIS – BRISBANE BIRDING BREAKS
TOUR NAME – RAINBOW BEACH AND SURROUNDS

ROUTE AND DURATION5 DAYS – Brisbane – Gympie - Tin Can Bay – Rainbow Beach –  Maryborough - Brisbane

DATE /S OF DEPARTURE

COST AND INCLUSIONS

ITINERARY –  

M - Day #1Brisbane to Tin Can Bay
Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 8-30am bound for Tin Can Bay. We will take some time for birding enroute, visiting a range of sites.
The first will be a series of wetlands near Gympie. The first ponds we visit are ‘very suburban’ however there are a good range of species and especially interesting are the breeding locals such as Cattle Egret, Plumed Egret, White Ibis and Little Pied Cormorant. Local rarities such as Freckled Duck has been recorded from time to time.  There will be a range of bush birds in flowering trees within the park as well. We may also visit another series of ponds to the north of Gympie especially if Cotton Pygmy Goose has been recorded recently.   
Heathland at Cooloola
We will have a picnic lunch at Gympie before driving east to the small town of Tin Can Bay.
o/n Tin Can Bay                                                                                                              LD


T - Day #2Cooloola NP
Today we will have a very early start and drive into Cooloola National Park to try to find some special species that inhabit the heath lands; Ground Parrot, Southern Emu Wren, Tawny Grassbird, Brown Songlark, King Quail. White cheeked Honeyeaters are common here and there are often Fairy and Tree Martins in addition to Welcome Swallows and soaring White throated Needletails.
Brown Songlark
After a picnic Lunch overlooking Tin Can Bay we will bird a few sites in and around the town enjoying the birds plus a few wildflowers.
 o/n Tin Can Bay                                                                                                          BLD

W - Day #3 – Rainbow Beach
We will drive to Rainbow Beach and specifically Inskip Point where we will look for both waders and bush birds. This was once a good location for Black breasted Button quail however they have not been recorded recently. We will search for their platelets and thus see if there has been any birds active recently.
This is a good location for waders and there is the possibility for Sanderling, Red necked Stints, Red capped Plovers among others. Beach Stone Curlews should be recorded here. Expect, too, a reasonable variety of terns.
Carlos Point and Carlos Blow will be visited.

Carlos Point records a good variety of honeyeaters; Brown, White throated, Blue faced, Mangrove in addition to Noisy and Little Friarbirds. Fuscous and Regent Honeyeaters have been recorded here also but they must be considered rare.

o/n Tin Can Bay                                                     BLD   
Australian Humpback Dolphins


 #4 – Tin Can Bay to Maryborough
Breakfast with feeding the dolphins
To Maryborough via the Sandy Straits concentrating on waders and mangrove species.
o/n                                                                            BLD

Day #5 – Maryborough to Brisbane
From Maryborough we will bird some sites west of there before heading back to Brisbane after lunch. 
We will arrive in Brisbane by 4-30pm.                                  BL


Little Terns plus Red necked Stints


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